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  • Families throughout the city are preparing to send their children back to school for another year of learning and growing. Each new school year brings new energy, excitement, and enthusiasm. Here in Naperville 203, we’re looking forward to a year full of inspiration.  

    When students enter their buildings for the first time, many will notice their building looks a little different.  Over the summer, construction crews were hard at work building a new entrance at Naperville North High School, a new wing at Elmwood Elementary School, and creating a new layout inside Steeple Run Elementary School.

    Naperville Central High School, Lincoln Junior High and five elementary schools had their libraries transformed into Learning Commons, a dynamic environment where a culture of collaboration, communication and creativity is fostered through thoughtful use of learning spaces and literacy growth programming.

    Classrooms at NCHS and NNHS received a facelift to equip students with the technology needed to participate in our new Business INCubator classes. Students have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with our local business community to create and execute their own business model.  

    This coming year, we’ll place instructional technology into the hands of our youngest learners as we implement the final stage of our three-year Digital Learning Initiative, which provides personalized and individualized learning for students. For more information on the Digital Learning Initiative, visit http://www.naperville203.org/domain/1216.

    In fall 2016, more than 14,500 community members completed our School Day Survey. As a result of survey feedback, community engagement sessions and Board of Education approval, both high schools will have a Late Start once a week to allow teachers to collaborate in Professional Learning Communities. That is only the beginning as we continue to look at the how to best use our school day at all levels.

    New Science curriculum will be rolled out at the high school and junior high levels and a new Social Emotional Learning curriculum will enable students to demonstrate the skills needed to be competent in their families, with their peers, in their school, at their work settings, and in their communities.

    Naperville 203 is once again hosting an opportunity to connect with new families in the District while meeting representatives from your child’s school and community organizations. We hope our families will join us for our Welcome to 203 Community Resource Fair at Kennedy Jr. High School on Sunday, August 27 from 2-4 p.m.

    Naperville 203 recently made headlines when Niche.com released their annual school rankings. They named Naperville 203 the third best school district, and the best unit district, in the state. Naperville Central and Naperville North were ranked 15 and 19 in the state, all five of our junior highs were ranked in the top 10, and all 14 elementary schools placed in the top 100.  We know that we are a successful school district in part due to our strong community support.

    Please join me in celebrating everything that makes our students, staff, and community exemplary. Thank you for your continued support, inspiration, and commitment to education and our students. #Inspire203

Strategic Blueprint

  • District 203’s FOCUS 2020 Strategic Blueprint

    Posted by Superintendent Dan Bridges on 6/27/2014
    FOCUS 2020 is the strategic plan for comprehensive improvement between 2014 and 2020, designed in response to community feedback, best practice, and a vision for the future. Ultimately, this blueprint will advance the fulfillment of the district’s mission.
     
    FOCUS 2020’s foundation is the Future Focus Community Engagement process that occurred over the course of a year where hundreds of members from across the community provided feedback to the district leadership regarding areas such as facilities, finances, measuring student success, and programs of study. Learn more about Future Focus by clicking on the specific “Quick Link” to the left of this text.
     
    The Blueprint includes four “Strategic Focus” areas, namely to:
    1. Design and implement effective practices that promote learning experiences for all.
    2. Foster a high-performance culture focused on student learning.
    3. Steward resources effectively to promote student learning.
    4. Effective communication and community relations.
    Each Strategic Focus then establishes “Commitments.” These commitments are what the district leadership pledges to accomplish within a distinct timeframe. Each commitment then includes a detailed “Action Plan” which will be accessible by the public upon final draft.
     
    District administrators provided an update on Blueprint Commitments to the Board of Education at the July 27, 2015 meeting.  To watch that presentation, please click here
     
    Click here for a summary version of the 4 areas of focus of the Strategic Blueprint.
    Click here for a Spanish summary version of the 4 areas of focus of the Strategic Blueprint.
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